Midvale Primary students helping set world record in coding


Mynhardt Heymans and Amelie Fouche practice for the Moonhack event held on July 20. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Mynhardt Heymans and Amelie Fouche practice for the Moonhack event held on July 20. Picture: Matt Jelonek

STUDENTS at Midvale Primary School are helping to set a world record for the most number of children coding at the same time.

Thousands of children from across Australia will participate in the Moonhack event tonight to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Midvale students are already joining the next generation of digital citizens through the Midvale Primary School Code Club.

Deputy principal Neil Montgomery said the school had about 140 students who were participating in the coding activities.

“I run the coding club and there will be a number of them involved in this event on the night, but we can’t say at this stage how many students will participate,” he said.

“The students are very excited about the challenge.”

Mr Montgomery said the coding was part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum.

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 were generally involved in the coding, he said.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for all kids in Midvale to be world record holders,” Code Club Australia founder Annie Parker said.

“We will have a special moon-themed coding project on our website that kids can log-on from anywhere to become a world record holder.”

Ms Parker said some people believed that coding was hard and only for rocket scientists, but it was actually easy and a lot of fun.

It’s expected that 10,000 students will participate in the Moonhack.